17 Feb 2013

Dems hold fire on climate votes

  Congressional Democrats will not commit to forcing votes on major climate change bills, even as they try to build political momentum behind President Obama’s promise to make global warming a second-term priority. Obama’s State of the Union address called on Congress to...
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17 Feb 2013

Green groups rally on climate, urge Obama to reject Keystone project

Environmental groups gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday and marched on the White House for a climate change rally largely aimed at pressuring President Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Organizers said 35,000 activists attended the rally,...
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17 Feb 2013

Green groups to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics in Obama second term

More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President Obama over climate policy. The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made...
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17 Feb 2013

Canadian ambassador slams press coverage of Keystone XL pipeline battle

Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., believes the press is doing a lousy job covering the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that Canadian officials are urging the Obama administration to approve. “Twenty people protesting do get more attention in the media than the...
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16 Feb 2013

Greens to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics from Obama

More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President Obama over climate policy. The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made...
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15 Feb 2013

Wyden floats plan to boost geothermal energy

Pieces of new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden’s (D-Ore.) legislative agenda are beginning to take shape. On Thursday, Wyden introduced a measure aimed at boosting development of geothermal energy by tweaking the leasing program for tracts of...
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15 Feb 2013

House Energy Committee presses DOE on nuclear security

The House Energy and Commerce Committee requested an update Friday on Energy Department (DOE) actions to remedy “governance and security culture issues” at the agency’s nuclear operations. In a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the bipartisan group of lawmakers said...
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15 Feb 2013

News bites: Canada readies oil sands emissions rules, UN explores climate change’s security dimension, and more

Reuters reports that Canadian officials are close to unveiling long-delayed rules on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands. The move comes as Canada’s government is urging the White House to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Bloomberg looks at United Nations...
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15 Feb 2013

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House hearing looks at fracking, regulations

COMING FRIDAY: House Republicans will launch new broadsides against federal environmental regulations. A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will discuss state efforts “in protecting the environment under current law.” The Friday hearing will find Republicans and several...
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14 Feb 2013

Major report adds climate change to ‘high risks’ facing US government

The investigative arm of Congress has labeled climate change a “high risk” area for the U.S. government, a finding that liberal Democrats are using to seek political support for tougher measures to confront global warming. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in its...
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